School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics


The School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, with its focus on Africa, the Near and Middle East, South Asia, and South East Asia, takes culture  - both contemporary and traditional - as the principle lens through which to view the regions of its expertise.

And we see knowledge of the languages of these regions as central to our understanding of culture. Our remit also, therefore, includes the study of linguistics. Our Departmental Centres of Translation Studies and of Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies are home to postgraduate taught programmes and research degrees, focusing on literature, cinema and popular culture.

We are dedicated to decolonising the curriculum and to exploring theoretical perspectives developed beyond Western constructions of knowledge.

Dr Ida Hadjivayanis discusses the role of art and language in preserving traditions, history and memory

Here at the School we are committed to delivering specialist language-based scholarship in combination with regional focus and disciplinary skills. 


We collaborate with numerous universities in the regions of our expertise to offer our students an opportunity to spend a year of study abroad so that they can gain a deeper insight into different societies and cultures and apply their skills to independent study projects. 

— Dr Ben Murtagh, Head of the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics